When building the original part of the estate, Pamela was razzed about being such a perfectionist that the estate was dubbed Pamelot, a satire on Camelot. Although intended as an insult, the name stuck! Several years later when the farm was built it was naturally called The Farm at Pamelot. The Farm at Pamelot has been in operation, under Pamela's leadership, for twenty-five years offering riding lessons, boarding, summer camp and special events. In 2013, she and her daughters took a trip through France, including The Loire Valley and Champagne, and visited many small estate wineries and champagne houses. That was the beginning of her desire to add a winery to The Farm at Pamelot. In 2017 her life took an unexpected major turn and she directed her energies and emotions into the beginnings of what is now Painted Horse Winery and Vineyards. Pamela plowed and prepped the fields and planted every vine herself. She says she found solace in the vines.
Pamela has four grown children, all whom work along side her, and three grandchildren who play freely at the farm everyday. She is an award-winning author with three published books, but today when asked what she does for a living she says, “I’m a farmer.”
John Bowen has been a winemaker since 2009 when he and his wife Debbie took a wine making class won at silent auction for a school fund raiser. A year later, John purchased Touriga wine grapes from the former Blackstock Vineyards (now Kaya Vineyard & Winery) in Dahlonega. The Touriga wine was excellent and John has continued to source wine grapes from top vineyards from throughout the country. His wines have won gold, silver and bronze medals—a total of 12 medals in all--from the WineMaker Magazine and Indy International Wine Competitions. John has successfully completed a Viticulture and Enology wine course from UC Davis Extension and has attended local wine making classes sponsored by UGA Viticulture Extension. WineMaker Magazine published an article on the construction of the Bowen wine cellar entitled, 'Metamorphosis of a Monarch".
John retired from the Atlanta office of Cantor Fitzgerald in September 2018. A CPA and author, John has written books on investment management and he is currently attending Kennesaw State University to get his dual MBA/MSIS degree, expected in July 2020.
Juliette is the heart of the farm and the animals. The eldest of Pamela’s children, she began riding horses at the age of four and began instructing at the age of fifteen. Juliette started the summer horse camp at The Farm at Pamelot and has been directing and leading it for sixteen years. When the dream of the winery began, Juliette began taking sommelier courses and continues to study .
Juliette and her husband Brandon have three children. Brandon, an engineer by profession, freely shares his expertise with the farm on a regular basis.
Jeffrey is a criminal defense attorney and Pamela’s eldest son. He is a graduate of The Mercer Law School. He began his career with The Farm at Pamelot at the age of fourteen as a camp counselor, even coming back to help out during the summers while attending law school. Now Jeffrey handles the legal affairs of the farm.
The youngest of Pamela’s children, Annaleigh has a degree in Chemistry. Though her background is in brewing, Annaleigh is dedicated to learning winemaking under the tutelage of John. She has been instrumental in the start up of Painted Horse Winery and Vineyards and manages the tasting room while learning to make wine.